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                                                                 Katelyn Schalburg, Megan Kee, Lindsey Flajs, Bri Harvey, Blair Slivensky, Laura Pettygrove, Christy Hunter, Keith Zeller

Table of Contents


What is Windows Live Writer? Who Developed it?

Windows Live Writer is, simply put, a new Web 2.0 version of a word processor. Like Word, users do not need to be on the Internet while they write, format, and design their page. WIndows Live Writer allows users to crop pictures, layout text and images, and virtually create anything they could create in Word but with the added ability to post it directly to any compatible blog website.

The application called Windows Live Writer was initially created by J.J. Allaire. Allaire was the founder of companies such as ColdFusion and Homesite before starting a his latest company called Onfolio. Through Onfolio, which specialized in publishing tools, he developed a program called Onfolio Publisher. Microsoft bought the Onfolio company and what was formerly known as Onfolio Publisher was converted and changed into the product of today, Windows Live Writer.[1]

In addition to the original creators, Windows Live Writer allows users to generate their own programmed content for Windows Live Writer. Users can develope plug-ins, which allow other programs to run through Windows Live Writer.[3] For example, Justin Braun developed the "Insert File Program" for Windows Live Writer, which allows a user to insert files into their post.[4] The plug-ins are downloadable and most are free.



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What is the purpose of Windows Live Writer?


The purpose of Windows Live Writer is to give users the ability to design the layout of text, pictures, videos, etc. they wish to post to the Internet. Because it works with many blog services, including Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, and WordPress, Windows Live Writer is a processor designed to make sharing information easier no matter what service one is using to publish onto the web.[7] JJ Allaire, WLW's main architect, suggested, "It's targeted right now at weblogs, but there's an awful lot of other environments where users are authoring content for the web .... we want to do a really killer job with weblogs right up front but there's lots of sorts of scenarios for content publishing that we also want to support."[6] Although most users are currently using the processor for blogging, it's main intent is to give users as many options as possible for sharing information. For example, WLW allows users to publish videos, pictures, text, and audio clips to the web. Another way Windows Live Writer makes blogging easier is by allowing users to create their blog while offline. This is similar to using Microsoft Outlook, an e-mail server that allows users to write their e-mails before logging onto the Internet to send them.[9]

Additionally, WIndows Live Writer was designed with the common user in mind. WIth the idea that all users should be able to generate content for the web, WLW is designed to look and be used much like other word processors, specifically big-brother program, Microsoft Word.[2] The layout the user designs will appear on the web exactly as it does on the page, thus the user need not know any HTML or other programming language.  This idea has been called What You See Is What You Get publishing, or WYSIWYG for short.  Therefore, any user who can drag and drop text, copy and paste links, and move photos in a Word document can essentially make a web post by using Windows Live Writer.


 


What are some unique ways of using Windows Live Writer?

Windows Live Writer is an application that can be used in several unique ways.  The program is most commonly used to create, format, and edit blog posts that will be posted on the internet.  With all of the effective and distinctive features that Windows Live Writer entails, it is easy to see how it could be used outside of this realm.  WLW can be used to create aesthetically pleasing photo albums.  Its applications allow users to create a collage of images that resemble a scrapbook.  When working with the pictures, users can resize them, add a watermark, and change the hues.  This allows a great deal of individuality and creativity to be expressed.[10] Now instead of hunting through closets for old photo albums, users of WLW are able to view their family memories at the click of a button.

 As mentioned, this application can be used in the educational realm.  A teacher could use WLW to make his weekly newsletter available to students and parents.  The teacher could also use Windows Live Writer to display pictures of class projects, parties, and field trips.

Windows Live Writer contains a program called Live Spaces. This social networking site is similar to Facebook and is completely safe to use. It is a visually appealing and interconnected program that allows users to write, journal, post pictures, and keep in touch with family and friends. An advantage to Windows Live Writer is that it is "easier to manage blogs through the one tool instead of having to sign in and use multiple tools from many Blogging platforms that can be confusing to manage."[8] WLW allows members to customize their blog, journal, pictures, and videos to be more similar to the individual's unique personality. Photo Gallery and Movie Maker are programs that can edit your pictures and videos and from there, uploading these items is simple and user-friendly, should the user choose to post them to the web. Users also have the option to send these to friends through e-mail. WLW is great for a first time blogger! Windows Live Writer also gives the computer user access to instant messaging. Hotmail, g-mail, and other accounts are brought together within this program in order for easier and more organized access to a user's various e-mail accounts. Web browsing in Windows Live Writer is equipped with an item called Family Safety. This helps parents or guardians keep their children safer when they are online. "With Family Safety, you decide how your kids experience the Internet. You can limit searches, block or allow websites, decide who your kids can communicate with when they're using Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, or Spaces and monitor what websites they're visiting." Also during web browsing, there is a tool called Toolbar, which allows users to quickly find what they need by customizing their browser.


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What are some examples of Windows Live Writer being used to illustrate its current educational value or potential value?

Networking is one of many examples of Windows Live Writer being used to illustrate its current potential value. In the past year, the use of social networking websites (such as Facebook and MySpace) has skyrocketed. Facebook has "more than 175 million active users, more than half of its users are outside of college...There are more than 850 million pictures uploaded to the site each month and 70% of users are outside the U.S." [12] These shocking figures show that people enjoy communicating, keeping in touch with friends, and publishing their own photos and stories about their life. Windows Live Writer can make this easier for anyone who publishes a blog and even enhance the content of their blog. It allows the computer user to edit and enhance pictures and videos, making them even better before they are uploaded. [13]
Windows Live Writer also allows a user to easily set up a blog if they don't already have one. Furthermore, users can easily upload photos directly to their site or embed uploaded videos instantly. Windows Live Writer is yet another way to enhance communication and networking within countries, neighbors, and long distance friends.

Another example of Windows Live Writer being used to illustrate its current educational value is its ability to inform parents. Teachers could create separate blogs for each of their classrooms so that parents could follow just their student's class and see what their child is doing each day at school. Parents could see photos and videos of the classroom interaction and be able to comment. Windows Live Writer is particularly useful in this way because should a teacher want to post the same thing to multiple classrooms' blogs, they could do so without any difficulty. Blogs can also be used by the students. They could do blogs commenting on various current events or social issues. A teacher could give a question for his or her class to respond to electronically through each individual blog. These questions could deal with the themes of the unit being taught at a particular time. Students can then express their personal ideas by publishing a blog for other students to read and reflect upon. A blog is a great tool for a student who prefers using the computer to communicate, as opposed to traditional oral or written methods. It also allows kids to "think and discuss something academically" [14] in a less pressured, informal way.

This new application can also be used by highschool students or even college level students to connect with students from other schools, states, or even countries. For example, students would have a "pen pal" across the country or across the world that students have to keep in contact or even collaborate with on a project. They would use Live Writer to post blogs, containing pictures or, if needed, maps so it can be more helpful and interactive than just email.


How Does Windows Live Writer Work? What Does One Have To Do To Start Using Windows Live Writer?

In order to begin using Windows Live writer, one simply has to download the software by clicking the download button on Windows Live Writer's website. However, if one has a Mac, they will not be able to download this program because it is not compatible. In order for Windows Live Writer to be compatible with your computer, the computer must meet specific requirements in its operating system, processor, memory, resolution, internet connection, browser, and graphics or video card. Additionally, as soon as the computer user clicks the download button, it automatically means that the user is agreeing to the "Microsoft service agreement and privacy statement."

To complete the download process, the user must connect WLW to a current blogging system.  These compatible systems include Blogger, Wordpress, TypePad, and LiveJournal. [10] If the user has not yet established a blog with one of these systems, they can create one in Windows Live.  Following the prompts will walk the user through this process with clear instructions.  Once a connection has been made, the user is ready to create, edit, and post using WLW. [13]

Microsoft Windows Live Writer works in a way that makes it much easier to share videos and photos on many various blogs. For photos, one can use many tools for editing. The user can add borders and effects or put them into an album with a unique style. The user of the computer simply has to click, Windows Live Writer does all the work. It automatically saves and links photos and videos to the user's blog. For videos, Windows Live Writer makes uploading videos easy. The upload is quick and instantly "embeds [the videos] in your blog." Just as the user can do with photos, the user can also edit these videos. Videos can be resized, aligned, and captioned to be customized just the way the user would like them to be. This site also incorporates many plug-ins in the case that the user would like to add even more to their blog from other websites (such as Facebook, Flickr, etc...).

This program has WYSIWYG authoring, which stands for What You See Is What You Get. It also has map publishing. It is available in 6 different languages so that it can be used by all and it maximizes functionality.


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How to use Windows Live Writer adding post on one's blog?
1.  Choose the blog you want to post,Live Spaces, Sharepoint blog, or Other blog services.
2.  Taking Blogspot for example,  you may put your blog address(URL),your account name and your passport in the WLW so you can let it log in and detect what you've posted, as we could see in the pictures below:
3.  Confirm or modify your blog name.
4.  Start writing, adding pictures or files into your blog posts.
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How Is Windows Live Writer Related To Other Applications?

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Windows Live Writer is much like similar applications including Blogger, [20] LiveJournal, [22] and Typepad [23].  When comparing Windows Live Writer to Blogger, a site thats main goal is to help people have their own voice on the web, it happens to be that Blogger is available in 41 languages, whereas Windows Live Writer is available in 48 languages.  Blogger was created in 1999 and is a much older application than WLW which was developed in late 2006.  The Blogger application has a website that is geared towards bringing people together, it shows off the fact that there is group blogging, third body applications, and feedback from readers.  Windows Live Writer boosts more the fact that it offers inline spell checking, automatic synchronization and Windows Live Gallery integration! [21] nbsp;  LiveJournal offers 32 languages.  LiveJournal allows people to talk about current events with journalists from international newspapers.  Windows Live Writer has an application that allows messaging to all the roughly 320 million users. Typepad offers a free 14 day trial but does cost money to continue use whereas WLW is a free application.

Typical applications include the same basic features, including video and picture posting.  Most applications require one to have a user name and password, Windows Live Writer requires the same thing.  Windows Live Writer is similar to many other applications but qualities that make WLW unique include the fact that it is free and frequently updated.  WLW continually adjusts the program based off of user feedback.  Since WLW is newer than many other applications it is compatible with many other applications for the ease of sharing and creating blogs.  Because Windows Live Writer gets updated so much it continues to make adjustments to have a slight edge over other applications.  It's most recent update is the option of inserting Twitter and Flickr applications.

 Windows Live Writer, as a workspace for polishing and eventually publishing blogs, by it's very nature must be able to smoothly interact with other applications.  Windows Live Writer interacts with other applications in two basic ways; its primary interaction is with a blog hosting website such as Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, LiveJournal, or many other such websites.  The essential factor in this smooth interaction between a user's writing, formatting, and posting of a blog is a structured data format called WYSIWYG.  The structured data format allows Windows Live Writer to send a written blog to a host website in a sort of code that the host website can then convert into the blog post that users see online.  Any blog hosting website capable of interpretting this data structure can interact with Windows Live Writer, making it easy for users to write and format a blog post only once and post it to several different blogs, even on different websites
Secondly, Windows Live Writer can interact with third party applications by way of plug-ins.[10]   Plug-ins have been made for many applications, including Twitter, Flickr, and Eventful.com.[26]  The way that WLW interacts with each plug-in is different depending on the plug-in; for example, the Twitter plug-in allows users to immediatly make a Twitter post, called a Tweet, whenever they post to their blog.  Another example of a plug-in is the Eventful.com plug-in that lets bloggers search through Eventful.com's online listings of events and automatically copy event information into their blog, including a link to the event's description on Eventful.com.  The plug-in functions are as interesting and diverse as the applications they serve to connect with.

Windows Live Writer is making great strides towards further "wiring the web" together through both it's primary and secondary interaction with various applications.  Further interaction between WLW and exciting new web 2.0 applications is sure to come, perhaps eventually making Windows Live Writer a must-have for not only the blog-savvy voice of the web but also the average user interested in listening.


How Is Windows Live Writer Used In Beijing, China?

Although the concept of Windows Live Writer is the same in China, there are several aspects that make it different. In China, one has to download a different version so that there are Chinese characters available.  Additionally, Microsoft launched an anti-piracy tool in Beijing that specifically targets computers in Beijing, making sure the computers have genuine software. This is because many people in China make use of pirated copies of Microsoft Windows to avoid the high cost of the genuine software.  Others were simply downloading Windows Live Writer to use as a word processor instead of buying the dedicated word processor, Microsoft Word.  All windows programs are now following a "Windows Genuine Advantage" program that will turn the computer screen completely black if the software is not genuine.  This is happening because much of China has piracy problems.  There are about 200 million computers in China with piracy problems, prompting Windows to fight back.  Many people in Beijing believe this is a violation to their rights.  An angry citizen from China asks the question, "If, when I'm programing, the computer screen goes black, that will probably cause some important information to be lost, Who will pay me for my loss then?"  Microsoft replied back to all the upset citizens saying they defended their programs because of "commitment to help protect its intellectual property and to help you avoid problems before they happen.  The purpose ... is to help our customers to determine (whether or not) genuine software is installed on their computers." [28]  Microsoft, which owns and operates Windows Live Writer, has yet to launch this program in America, therefore Windows Live Writer may be harder to blog on in China, than in America. That being said, another program that has been blocked in China is Blog Spot, so many people from that website have not moved to Windows Live Writer to post their blogs.  Even though there is a piracy problem and Microsoft has tried breaking it down, people still want to blog and if it is the only way they can, the will move to Windows Live Writer and download it legally.[29]


Free Live Writer download website,especially for piracy system (2009-4-10).[15]

There's another reason why Windows Live Writer is not as easily used used in China. Most of the Chinese blogs don't release their APIs becasue they don't want to users to take advantage of their platform resources.  The Chinese blogs mentioned are attempting to prevent users from writing programs to hack the website.  Windows Live Writer makes use of blog website's APIs to facilitate many of it's functions..[30]&  Microsoft presents the situation on their page,"Windows Live Writer includes an application API that external applications can use to launch Writer in order to create new posts, to open existing posts, and to

support 'Blog This' operations for various content types including links, snippets, images, and feed items." Without access to a website's API, WLW cannot take advantage of the features that make it  unique. This hardly helps WLW develop its market in China.[19]

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What are some lesson plans that can incorporate Windows Live Writer?

Elementary Education

Lesson Plan #1


 

 

Overview

Students will learn about animals by choosing and writing about one.  They will include this information and import pictures on Windows Live Writer.

Objective

Given an animal or plant, the student will post several pictures and information about the animal they are assigned onto Windows Live Writer.  Through this process of creating a blog that everyone can see and learn from, the students will correctly describe the characteristics and identify pictures of the animal without making errors.

Standards

4.2.6: Support statements with facts found in print and electronic media, identify the sources used, and expect others to do the same.
K.4.1: Give examples of plants and animals.
1.2.7: Write brief informational descriptions of a real object, person, place, or event using information from observations.

Material

  • Windows Live Writer
  • Computer with Internet access

Procedure

  • Greet students and ask them to pick a computer and sit by it
  • Show them how to set up an account and work Windows Live Writer
  • Assign the students an animal
    • Instruct them to put pictures on the blog
    • Instruct them to write out characteristics of the animal
    • Instruct them to identify the sources they used by copy and pasting the link onto their page
  • Ask the students to look at a partner's finished page

Evaluation

  • 5 points for completing assignment with both pictures and graphics
  • 3 points for completing either pictures of graphics
  • 0 points for not completing anything

Lesson Plan #2


 

 

Overview

Using Windows Live Writer, students will post blogs about what they are feeling that day.

Objective

Given a computer and the Windows Live Writer program, students will post blogs about how they are feeling by writing several sentences and posting a picture with ease.

Standards

2.4.5: Use a computer to draft, revise, and publish writing.
2.4.7: Proofread one's own writing, as well as that of others, using an editing checklist or list of rules.
2.4.8: Revise original drafts to improve sequence (the order of events) or to provide more descriptive detail.

Material

  • Windows Live Writer
  • Computer with Internet access

Procedure

  • Greet students and ask them to pick a computer and sit by it
  • Show the class how to set up an account and work Windows Live Writer
  • Ask the students how they are feeling and be ready to express it
    • Instruct them to find an appropriate picture relating to their feelings and post it in their blog
    • Tell students to write a paragraph on their feelings and place in blog
  • Ask the students to look at and revise a partner's finished page

Evaluation

If the activity is completed successfully, with a paragraph, picture, and revision, the student will receive the alloted 10 points.

Lesson Plan #3   

 

 

Overview

Students will learn to use Windows Live Writer by posting a blog with pictures about what they want to be when they get older.

Objective

Given a computer and the Windows Live Writer program, the students will be able to explore possible career fields and create a post about the ones they find most interesting.  The completed blog will be free of errors.

Standards

2.4.5: Use a computer to draft, revise, and publish writing.
3.4.8: Revise writing for others to read, improving the focus and progression of ideas.
3.4.1: Find ideas for writing stories and descriptions in conversations with others; in books, magazines, or school textbooks; or on the Internet.

Materials

  • Windows Live Writer
  • Computer with Internet access

Procedure

  • Ask students to sit down in a seat with a computer
  • Show the class how to use Windows Live Writer
  • Tell the class to write about what career they would like to have when older
    • Instruct them to add pictures and words
  • Ask class to share with a friend after completion

Evaluation

  • If the student completed exercise correctly give him or her 10 points
  • If the student did not complete excercise but tried give him or her 5 points
  • If the student did not complete excercise give him or her 0 points

Secondary Education


Lesson Plan #1

 

 

Overview

After reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, students will make up a 10-15 minute impromptu version of Romeo and Julietin a different time period. By using Windows Live Writer, the students will be able to research the time period separately but will be able to share their findings on a blog. After gathering all background information and assigning roles, the students will act out the play.

Objective

By using Windows Live Writer and their knowledge on Romeo and Juliet, students will be able to do individual time-period research, upload photos, and post comments while working on separate computers.  The completion of their group blog will leave students with a fluent understanding of Windows Live Writer and a script for a play that will be performed for a participation grade.

Standards

10.3.12:  Analyze the way in which a work of literature is related to the themes and issues of its historical period.
10.4.4: Use clear research questions and suitable research methods, including the investigation of text and electronic resources and the conducting of personal interviews, to compile and  present evidence from primary and secondary print or Internet sources.
10.4.1: Discuss ideas for writing with classmates, teachers, and other writers and develop drafts alone and collaboratively.

Materials

  • Individual copies of Romeo and Juliet
  • Computers with Internet access and WLW

Procedure

  • Divide the class up into groups of 5 students
  • Instruct students to sit at a computer that is in close vicinity to their group memebers
  • Give brief instructions on how to use Windows Live Writer
    • How to add posts
  • Explain that they will be rewriting Romeo and Juliet in a different time period
  • Show video clip of West Side Story and explain how this was a modern take of Romeo and Juliet
  • Have each group decide which time period they want to use for their play
  • Instruct the students to research the culture of that era (ex. vocabulary, world events, social standards)
  • The research should be posted using Windows Live Writer to upload information and photos to each group's blog
  • Once every student has finished with the research, the group will meet for 2 minutes to assign roles
  • Each group will present their impromptu Romeo and Juliet

Evaluation

Students must make at least three posts using Windows Live Writer.  Evaluation of the play will be based on each group's relevant understanding of the time period they are enacting.

Lesson Plan #2 

Discussing Experiments Using Windows Live Writer

Grades 10-12

Overview

Many students need practice working with the Internet as a way to learn, and especially then publishing what they learned as a way to show their knowledge. This lesson plan is designed to help students gain more practice with a blog while still learning psychology terms and thinking more critically about psychology.

Objective

Given a video on YouTube, students will create a blog on Windows Live Writer critically discussing the experiment using psychology terms with 100% accuracy.

Standards

P.1.4: Explain the relationship among independent and dependent variables and experimental and control groups.
P.1.8: Apply the principles of research design to an appropriate experiment.
P.1.9: Describe and compare quantitative and qualitative research strategies.

Materials

  • Computer
  • Textbook

Procedure

  • Review key psychology terms on experiments and experiment design.
  • Review notes taken in class about the correct use of Windows Live Writer.
  • Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEpBtnYaUfI and view the video on an experiment created by students.
  • On Windows Live Writer, post your thoughts on the experiment using at least 6 psychology terms. Discuss the variables, the purpose, and ethicality. Do you think this is a "good"   experiment? Does it answer what it sets out to find? What do you think is wrong with the experiment/ what would you change?

Evaluation

Students will be graded out of 15 points for the quality of their discussion. They must know these terms for the test at the end of the chapter.


Lesson Plan # 3

Social Studies Current Event Project

Overview

Students need to keep up with world events so they can become informed, educated citizens. Through this ongoing current events project, students will not only gain practice in working with a blog (using Windows Live Writer), but they will also learn about the major issues that are affecting our world today.

Objective

Given newspapers and computers, students will keep and update a blog once every two weeks highlighting and discussing a current event in the world, Indiana, or our own community with 100% factual accuracy.

Standards

10.5.3:  Write expository compositions, including analytical essays, summaries, descriptive pieces, or literary analyses
W.H.9.5: Use technology in the process of conducting historical research and in the presentation of the products of historical research and current events.
U.S.G.5.12:  Use information from a variety of resources to describe and discuss American political issues such as environmental issues, women's rights and affirmative action.

Materials

  • Computer

Procedure

  • Create a blog on Windows Live Writer with a title such as "2009: Current Events From Around the World".
  • Every two weeks, find an event from some source (newspaper, online) and summarize the event on your blog.
  • Include a discussion of how you think the event could affect, in a larger sense, the people who are involved in it. This could be you or people from other cultures.  
  • Include one graphic per discussion which goes along with the event.
  • Include a reference to where you got your information and your graphic. This does not need to be a full citation, but simply describes where you got it (i.e. website link). This is a summary of the event, not a copy and paste, so plagiarism will not be tolerated
  • Event summaries are due every other Monday by 7:30 a.m. Late summaries will lose half the amount of points you would normally receive per day it's late.

Evaluation

Students will be awarded 10 points for each on time, well written, well designed summary. Points will be awarded for obvious lack of effort. There will be no other assessment on the events.

Post secondary

Lesson Plan #1

 

 

Overview

Students will create a blog to get to know everyone in a college level English class and continue to update the blog throughout the year with poems and pieces of writing assigned throughout the year using WLW.

Objective

Given the computer and Windows Live Writer students will be able to post story's and information about themselves, update the blogs with pieces of writings, and insert pictures with little or no error.

Standards

12.4.9: Use technology for all aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing.
12.5.6: Use varied and extended vocabulary, appropriate for specific forms and topics.
12.6.1: Demonstrate control of grammar, diction, and paragraph and sentence structure, as well as an understanding of English usage.

Materials

  • Windows Liver Writer
  • Computer with Internet access

Procedure

  • Show class how to navigate through WLW
  • Allow class time and personal time to create detailed blog
  • Come together to evaluate other blogs

Evaluation

  • 10 pts- Completing blog with pictures and keeping it updated with little or no error
  • 7 pts- Completing blog with pictures and keeping it updated with several errors
  • 4 pts- Completing blog without pictures
  • 0 pts- No attempt of assignment

Lesson Plan #2

 

 

Overview

Students will create a blog about specific areas in the world where hospitality and tourism are a major part of the economy.

Objective

Given the computer and Windows Live Writer, students will be able to use Photo Publishing and Map Publishing to blog about the Hospitality and Tourism Management programs in all areas around the world.

Standards

12.4.9: Use technology for all aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing.
12.5.7: Use precise technical or scientific language when appropriate for topic and audience.
BMIT: Educate individuals for and about business, marketing, entrepreneurship, and information technology.

Materials

  • Windows Live Writer
  • Computer
  • HTM 212 textbook

Procedure

  • Assign reading from the text
  • Navigate through WLW
  • Allow class time and personal time to research different parts of the world where hospitality is a major business
  • Blog using pictures and maps to create a clear understanding of the affects of the economy on Hospitality and Tourism Management

Evaluation

  • 10 pts- Completing the assignment with little or no error and incorporate pictures and maps
  • 7pts- Completing with several errors
  • 4 pts- Completing but left out the pictures and maps
  • 0 pts- No attempt of assignment

Lesson Plan # 3

 

 

 

Overview

Students will create a blog to chart a three day food entry using USDA Dietary Guidelines for Food and Nutrition 202 including caloric, fat, and protein intake.

Objective

Given the computer, Windows Live Writer, and a food chart, students will be able to post a three day food chart with 95% accuracy.

Standards

12.4.9: Use technology for all aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing.
NW-3.1: Apply USDA Dietary Guidelines in planning to meet personal and family nutrition and wellness needs across the life span.
NW-4.1: Demonstrate ability to select, store, prepare, and serve nutritious and aesthetically pleasing foods.

Materials

  • Windows Live Writer
  • Computer
  • F&N 202 textbook

Procedure

  • Assign readings from the text book
  • Navigate through WLW
  • Allow class time and personal time to develope and continue updating the blog

Evaluation

  • 10 pts- Completing the full three days with little or no errors
  • 7 pts- Completing the full three days with several errors
  • 4 pts- Completing two days with little or no errors
  • 0 pts- No attempt of assignment

Business/Industry

Lesson Plan #1

 

 

Overview

A corporation has just switched from PCs to Mac computers. The boss decides to make a blog site where he or she uses Windows Live Writer to upload screen shots of the Mac desktop and will add arrows and text boxes to explain different functions. The boss can also upload a video of himself (or herself) using the Mac to explain something. Then, as the employees post questions on the blog, the boss can post back either text, photo, or videos explanations. This is better than e-mail because all employees can see the questions and answers on the same site without mailbox clutter.

Objective

Given a Mac computer one week after posting and reading the boss's Windows Live Writer blog, the employees will switch to a Mac computer from a PC with ease.

Standards

12.4.9: Use technology for all aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing.
12.5.7: Use precise technical or scientific language when appropriate for topic and audience.
12.5.9: Write academic essays, such as an analytical essay, a persuasive essay, a research report, a summary, an explanation, a description, or a literary analysis

Materials

  • A PC computer
  • A Mac computer
  • A camera (for the boss to use and uploads photos and videos from)

Procedure

  • The boss will create a blog site
  • Using Windows Live Writer, he or she will write the directions for the transition in the word processor and will add video and pictures to demonstrate the directions.
  • Employees will examine the blog and respond with any questions (while still using their PCs)
  • The boss will answer questions with text, pictures, graphics, video, etc.
  • One week later, the employees will switch to Macs

Evaluation

The switch should run smoothly and without a decrease in productivity.  There will be an open flow of communication between the teacher and learners.

Lesson Plan #2

 

 

Overview

In the fashion design industry, the designer would express the theme for the next season's collection. His or her employees would find pictures of various inspirations online (e.g. prints, fabrics, scenes) and post them on a blog using Windows Live Writer. Even videos centering around the theme's time period or setting would help comprise an online portfolio of inspirations.

Objective

Given a week, the interns and employees will compile an online portfolio (blog) with enough information about the theme to design next season's clothes.  Using Windows Live Writer, the employees will upload a complete portfolio of pictures, videos, and text about the theme to a blog site.

Standards

12.4.9: Use technology for all aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing.
FTC-3.4 Demonstrate design concepts with material or computer, using draping and/or flat pattern making techniques.
FTC-3.7 Demonstrate ability to use technology for fashion design.

Materials

  • Windows Live Writer
  • Computer with Internet access

Procedure

  • The designer announces a theme for the next season's collection
  • The interns and employees are given a week to search for pictures, fabrics, previous designs, and videos that match the theme of the collection
  • Once they find information that would be helpful, they compile it on Windows Live Writer and upload to the blog site

Evaluation

When complete, the blog should contain adequate information about the theme.  The designer as well as the employees should have an accurate idea of all details surrounding the theme and will design clothes accordingly.

Lesson Plan #3

 

 

Overivew

Students will learn how to work on cars properly by posting blogs and pictures on Windows Live Writer and then can begin to work on cars.

Objective

Given a computer with Windows Live Writer students will look up information on how to fix a certain car properly and post pictures of that car.

Standards

12.4.9: Use technology for all aspects of creating, revising, editing, and publishing.
12.5.7: Use precise technical or scientific language when appropriate for topic and audience.
12.6.2: Produce writing that shows accurate spelling and correct punctuation and capitalization.

Materials

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Windows Live Writer

Procedure

  • Have the students sit at a computer
  • Teach them how to use Windows Live Writer
  • Tell them to choose the car they are assigned to work on and figure out ways to fix certain parts

Evaluation

As long as the student learns ways to fix the assigned car's problems they recieve an A


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